Skip to main content

The Planning and Neighborhoods Department manages the day-to-day and long-range growth of the City of Salisbury. Under the direction of the City Manager, this department coordinates projects with different City departments, citizens boards and commissions and other public and private agencies to ensure that our City remains a healthy and vibrant community with a high quality of life for its citizens.

Code Services

The Code Services Division enforce the codes of the City of Salisbury and improve the quality of life within our community through ensuring that our community is visually appealing, clean and safe.

Planning Services

The Planning Services Division handles everyday planning functions such as coordinating neighborhood rehabilitation and promoting historic preservation, just to name a few. We also accomplish certain long-range planning projects such as the Salisbury Bicycle Plan and the Forward 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

Contact Us

Code Services:
Planning Services:

Mailing Address:

PO Box 479
Salisbury, NC 28145


132 N. Main St.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Administration: (704) 638-5240

Planning Services Division

The Planning Services division develops long-range and special area plans to ensure that Salisbury’s citizens have more access to the things they value and administers a number of important local, state, and federal programs for homes, the environment, infrastructure, and the local economy. We strive to strengthen Salisbury’s quality of life and to ensure that our community’s current and future needs can be supported.

Our team works every day to accomplish these goals by closely tracking and responding to local and regional economic/demographic trends, by staying up-to-date on best practices in urban design and city planning, and by listening to the everyday concerns of citizens and business owners who wish to make Salisbury stronger.

Hannah Berg Jacobson


Hannah Berg Jacobson

(704) 638-5230 |

As Director, Hannah oversees the work of the Community Planning, Code Enforcement and GIS Divisions. In addition to her supervisory roles, she led the update to the City’s comprehensive plan, Forward 2040: Salisbury’s Framework for Growth, and manages several current projects including the city’s 10-Year Housing Strategy and the redevelopment of the former Kesler Mill site. 

Hannah received her Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in City and Regional Planning. Hannah is recognized by the American Planning Association as part of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Prior to joining the City of Salisbury in April 2019, Hannah spent 10 years with the Durham City-County Planning Department. 

Alyssa Nelson


Alyssa Nelson

(704) 638-5235 |

In her efforts to improve the quality of life and vibrancy of Salisbury, Alyssa manages a variety of community design projects, which include the annual BlockWork program and Salisbury Sculpture Show, downtown revitalization incentive grants, as well as various placemaking projects. She is the staff liaison to the Community Appearance Commission, the Public Arts Commission and the Dixonville-Lincoln Memorial Task Force.

Alyssa received a Master’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s in Urban Design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Fine Art and Art Education from Franklin Pierce University. Alyssa received her AICP Certification in 2023 and has been with the City of Salisbury since 2016. In 2021, she was chosen to participate in Next City’s Vanguard Conference in Greensboro, NC, where leaders from different disciplines gathered to find innovative ways to improve cities.

Emily Vanek


Emily Vanek

(704) 638-5311

Emily works on a variety of the City’s long-range planning projects, including the Forward 2040 Comprehensive Plan, small area plans, grant administration, and other special projects. She is the staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission, and manages the City’s local preservation projects.

Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in 2020. Prior to coming to Salisbury, she interned at the Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of Traverse City, MI. In 2022, Emily became an AICP candidate.

Malikia Cherubala


Malikia Cherubala

(704) 638-5324 |

Malikia’s (Muh-lee-kya) planning duties encompass housing efforts and community development. She facilitates the City’s partnerships with local public service agencies within the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and assists with programs such as the Downtown Revitalization Incentives on the Kesler Mill, and housing strategy efforts. She is the staff liaison to Salisbury’s Housing Advocacy Commission, and Healthy Rowan’s Healthy Lifestyle Collaborative.

Malikia received her Bachelors of Science in Community and Regional Planning from Appalachian State University in May 2023. Prior to coming to the City in June 2023, she interned at the Institution for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University (2022-2023) and in the Transportation Department at Prince George’s County, MD (2022). Malikia is passionate about equitable delivery of essential services to all and the individual betterment of experiences for Salisbury’s residents.

Jennifer Pfaff


Jennifer Pfaff

(704) 638-5240

Jenni provides administrative assistance, customer service and project coordination for Planning and Neighborhoods, as well as support for Code Services. She serves as Secretary to the Historic Preservation Commission, Housing Advocacy Commission, Community Appearance Commission and Public Arts Commission.

A native North Carolinian, Jenni has been with the City since July 2021. Her journey to the City has included being a stay-at-home mom, owning a yarn store, and most recently, working for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In her spare time, Jenni is an avid reader, accomplished knitter and amateur beekeeper.

GIS Division

The GIS Division serves as the coordinating body for mapping and location data analysis for departments within the City. The GIS Division is committed to the maintenance and development of accurate geospatial data within the City of Salisbury. Every department utilizes GIS data to visualize trends in order to make informed decisions that continue and improve the current level of service to the citizens of Salisbury.

photo of Levi Coldiron


Levi Coldiron, GIS

(704) 638-5246 |

As manager of the GIS Division, Levi acts as the addressing and annexations administrator. His goal is to use GIS to improve the City of Salisbury for all of its residents.

Prior to coming to Salisbury in 2015, Levi worked for the City of Oviedo, FL, and Scott County, VA. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography-Geospatial Analysis from Virginia Tech. He is a FAA-licensed commercial UAV pilot, and holds a GIS Professional certification from GISCI. In his spare time, Levi enjoys watching Virginia Tech sports, and playing and recording the drums.

Code Services Division

The Code Services Division enforces the codes of the City of Salisbury and works to improve our community’s quality of life by ensuring that Salisbury is visually appealing, clean, and safe.

Michael Cotilla


Michael Cotilla

(704) 216-7574 |

Michael enforces the nuisance, minimum housing, and zoning codes of the City of Salisbury with consistency and impartiality.

He maintains a high level of customer service to the public while carrying out his daily duties, working hard to make our community clean and safe.

Michael Buchanan


Michael Buchanan

(704) 216-7572 |

Code Enforcement Officers enforce the nuisance, minimum housing, and zoning codes of the City of Salisbury with consistency and impartiality.

They maintain a high level of customer service to the public while carrying out their daily duties, working hard to make our community clean and safe.


Amy Shepherd


Amy Cesak

(704) 216-7564 |

As Code Enforcement Officer, Amy consistently and impartially enforces the nuisance and zoning codes of the City of Salisbury. She strives to maintain a high level of customer service to the public while carrying out her daily duties, working hard to make our community clean and safe.

Amy has been with the City since April 2022. She has a wide variety of experience; working as a Zookeeper for 11 years, and a Park Ranger at NC State Park for 8.5 years. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, as well as antiquing.

Subscribe to our newsletter

También disponible en español

Copyright 2024 by City of Salisbury, NC Terms Of UsePrivacy Statement
Back To Top